Kenzie Negron, Contributing Writer
The November slump affects us all. You know, that time of year when the fall isn’t quite gone and the winter is fast approaching. It’s this time of the year when even the cheeriest of us can feel the blues. Whether it’s a lack of motivation, the cold temperatures, or just a little bit of homesickness, it is really important to conquer this slump and make sure it doesn’t ruin your happiness during your time at school. Here are some quick ways to boost your mood and keep you going!
One of the things that always boosts my mood when I’m in a bit of a slump is a warm drink, especially when enduring the month of November. They say money can’t buy happiness, but a cup of coffee is less than three dollars, and that’s a lot more than happiness in my book. This is the time of the year when Starbucks comes out with all of their holiday drinks and treats. Don’t even try and act like you aren’t obsessing over the Peppermint Mocha Latte. Coffee shops are awesome because they entail a relaxing vibe. Having a little coffee shop date with someone that you haven’t seen in awhile is also an awesome way to boost your mood.
Staying in for a night with your gals or guys is another fun way to keep your mood stellar during the dreaded November slump. Let’s be honest, going out all the time can get old, so why not switch things up and stay in for a night?
The month before the holiday season can sometimes feel like it lasts forever. Having something to look forward to throughout the month will definitely brighten your mood. Whether it’s some plans with friends, or the always exciting trip back home for break, make sure you take a few minutes out of every day to think about whatever it is that you are looking forward to.
The colder months aren’t all about Netflix-ing in bed and cuddling up under blankets. The winter is also an awesome time to take a trip to the gym and blow off some steam. No one is asking you to run a marathon; working out can be fun too! November is the beginning of preseason for skiing and snowboarding for most mountains surrounding Oneonta. Splurge a little bit and take a day trip to go snowboarding or skiing with your pals! Working out produces endorphins, which are natural mood boosters. It can’t get much better than that.